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Old 09-01-2003, 10:08 PM   #1
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Post Literati . . arthritis question

I noticed in another thread that you said that orthodontic treatment can instigate arthritis. I am one who has TMJ as a complication of orthodontic treatment. And it also seems that I have had a bad flareup of osteoarthritis in some joints at this same time.
Can you give me any more information on this subject? Thanks.

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Old 09-02-2003, 11:55 AM   #2
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Hi! I wish I could give you resources on this board, but the majority of my knowledge about OA is through internet searches and talking to a few people with OA. Here's what I know of so far...

Osteoarthritis rarely affects the jaw. But for those with jaw arthritis, it [arthritis] is mainly due to dislocated disks and the friction of bone-on-bone. This creates wear of the condulars and may affect facial structure. Braces create pressure on the jaw. In a large majority, orthodontic work won't aggravate the jaw so much as to create arthritis. But if you already have arthritic joints, braces can stimulate further damage.

That's what I know so far. Please post if you have any further questions. :O)

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